Dumbbell Incline Shrug

Dumbbell Incline Shrug


This exercise involves holding dumbbells while lying on an incline bench and shrugging your shoulders up towards your ears. It primarily targets the upper trapezius muscles in the shoulders and can help improve posture and upper body strength.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Dumbbell Incline Shrug Instructions

  1. Start by lying on an incline bench with a dumbbell in each hand.
  2. Extend your arms straight up towards the ceiling, with your palms facing each other.
  3. Slowly shrug your shoulders up towards your ears, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top of the movement.
  4. Hold for a second, then slowly lower your shoulders back down to the starting position.
  5. Repeat for the desired number of reps.
  6. Make sure to keep your elbows slightly bent throughout the exercise and avoid using momentum to lift the weights.

Dumbbell Incline Shrug Form & Visual

Dumbbell Incline Shrug

Dumbbell Incline Shrug Benefits

  • Targets the upper trapezius muscles, which are responsible for shoulder elevation and stability
  • Improves posture and reduces the risk of shoulder injuries
  • Increases strength and endurance in the upper back and shoulders
  • Can be performed with a variety of weights and angles to challenge different muscle groups
  • Can be easily modified for individuals with shoulder or neck pain by using lighter weights or adjusting the angle of the bench

Dumbbell Incline Shrug Muscles Worked

  • Trapezius
  • Rhomboids
  • Levator Scapulae

Dumbbell Incline Shrug Variations & Alternatives

  • Dumbbell Incline Shrug
  • Dumbbell Decline Shrug
  • Barbell Incline Shrug
  • Barbell Decline Shrug
  • Machine Incline Shrug
  • Machine Decline Shrug
  • Cable Incline Shrug
  • Cable Decline Shrug